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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

Tutorial: Attaching a Zipper to a Lined Clutch

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Hello everyone!  It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial!  This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper.  Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all.  There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time.  I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric.  That being said, let’s get started!

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Facing Silk-o-Phobia with Silk Charmeuse Pants

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Hi everyone! Sophie, from Ada Spragg here, with my first contribution as a Britex guest blogger! To say I’m excited is an understatement. Today’s post is pure inspiration but I also hope to take some of the fear out of sewing silk so you too can DIY yourself a pair of gourmet silk pleated pants! Britex has a jaw-droppingly beautiful selection of silk solid fabrics that would be perfect for this project and I couldn’t resist this ‘gleaming emerald green silk charmeuse‘. I’ve been wanting in on this pleated pants trend and hunting around for a good pattern for while. This one, the Antoinette pants by Style Arc, with its pleated details, hidden pockets and tapered leg is just what I had in mind.   Click here to read more »

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David Reposar + Britex Fabrics = Fabulousness!

Tunic with DavidDavid Reposar, local fashion icon, hair stylist to the stars, artist, and faithful Britex Fabrics’ customer was recently featured in all his glory in the rag, SF Style wearing a tunic made of super Britex textiles! Shades of Hedwig, David says, “I tend to break the barriers across the gender divide and wear what I feel best suits my taste as an artist and as the Global Glam Gypsy.” Remember, if you cannot make it into the store, just use our Customized Swatch Service and we’ll mail you swatches for your new project!

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Tutorial: Tote Bag in Two-Tone Linen

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Hello all!  It’s Tori from One Eleven Studio here to teach you how to make a tote bag that’s roomy enough to pretty much fit whatever you need for your summer outings! For this project, I used a beautiful two-toned heavy weight Belgian Linen fabric that has an amazing texture and is soft to the touch. I wanted to create a tote bag tutorial that was super simple and relatively quick to make so let’s get started! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: sewing picot elastic

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I’ve been sewing a lot of silk underwear lately; I’m positively addicted. There is something thoroughly satisfying about making something that is beautiful, useful and a quick sew. And it might even be cost effective, considering how little fabric is needed. In this post, I’ll show how to sew the picot edging and straps to make camisole and panties. For my matching set, I used this sophisticated tiny Houndstooth stretch silk charmeuse, with hot pink picot elastic and matching 1/2″ lingerie strap elastic. For the patterns, I used the Clara camisole and Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu. Click here to read more »

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Welcoming Polka Dot Rayon Dress

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Britex Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace welcomed another polka dotted dress to her wardrobe. She chose a beautiful and very popular rayon from our online store for this design. Fortunately, she ordered the fabric in time, because it’s all gone now! Click here to read more »

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Casual Couture Eyelet Shirtwaist Frock – Marion

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We adore this chic eyelet lace shirtwaist dress designed by Marion after she fell in love with a piece of striped black and white cotton eyelet fabric from Britex…the tiny collar, the sleeve and hemline banding, and the flattering clever pleating make this dress a casual couture wonder! And lucky us, we have a similar eyelet fabric available online.

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Cowl Neck Top in Sheer Viscose

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When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops.  When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were!  Using a basic bodice sloper, it’s just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness.  The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls!  Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape. Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month: Voting Time

Somehow I doubt that Chuleenan of C Sews was the only one sewing into the AM hours of the night in order to meet the Sewing Indie Month deadline last week. We are glad she stuck with it because she made it to the short list with a gorgeous cotton print from Britex. She stopped by the store today, and we could not help but snap a few pictures.

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Self-drafted Outfit in Khaki & Silk

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Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I’ll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.   Click here to read more »

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